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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 13, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta FORECAST HIGH WEDNESDAY 75-80. The LetWwidge Herald PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENT. ALBERTA. TUESDAY. JULY 13, 1971 Air Canada walkouts ground planes Sunny Alberta has rait of rain problems HILLTOP SANCTUARY A hilltop becomes a sanctuary for cattle as rising flood water from the Paddle River swamps farmlands between Sangudo and Ban-head, abau 50 miles northwest of Edmonton. Some farms are almost totally under water, cars and farm equipment have been abandoned and cattle stranded on small areas of ground. Swept to death in flood waters By GLENNIS ZILM EDMONTON (CP) The chamber of commerce boasts that Alberta has more sunshine each year than any other province, but they'll never make believers of people in most northern areas. Take last weekend: golf tournaments in Edmonton and Grande Prairie were washed out baseball games were cancelled and a train was derailed near Edson because of a roadbed weakened by rain. At least acres of crop land are under water in Kinuso area near Great Slave Lake and flood warn- ings are out in the Ban-Lead and Sangudo areas 50 miles northwest of Edmonton, where creeks have been washed out, one road is under four feet of water and 25 000 acres of hay meadows are flooded. Farmers are also taking it on the chin. An agri- culture department spokesman said excessive moisture has delayed crops in northern areas by two weeks, prevented spraying for weeds and delayed summerfallow work. Paradoxically, fanners in southern areas are pray- ing for rain. Dry conditions may delay crops. Flooding of the Paddle River between Ban-head and Sangudo is expected to reach the record levels of 1963 when equipment and livestock were destroyed. Even summer snow For some parts of northern Alberta, there was rain every day for the first 11 days of July, and June also had higher-than-average rainfalls. There was even snow in the Jasper area. The main weather system causing all this trouble is "moving out at the forecaster says. It has been unusually warm in the Yukon and Northwest Ter- ritories, but the system is "starting to slide down from the north" and back where it belongs. Edmonton has had 3.53 inches of rain so far this month, compared with a usual average of 3.34 for all of July. The Whitecourt area, about 100 miles northwest of Edmonton, has been the wettest with' 6.56 inches in June and 6.54 inches so far in July. Only the forestry service seems pleased about the rain which has reduced the amount of acreage burned. Monday, there were only three fires burning in Al- berta compared with seven on this day last year. In June 142 fires had destroyed only acres, com- pared with 210 fires destroying acres in June 1970. FORT ASS3NIBOINE Janice Chung, 19, of Hong Kong was drowned in the Freeman River after a bridge collapsed Monday. Miss Chung, a student at the Un'versity of Alberta, was working for the summer as a secretary with the Alberta Eco- logy Corp. _____ _ Montana oil deal signed CALGARY A 50 per cent undivided interest in approxi- mately acres of freehold lands hi Montana has been ac- quired by Central Leduc Oils Inc., it was announced here by the parent company, Central- Del Rio Oils Limited of Cal- gary. The lands are located along the Rocky Mountain front in Glacier County, Montana. Central Leduc acquired the interest from Westridge Re- sources Inc., of Regina, Sask. The purchase price has not been disclosed. Westridge Resources Inc., re- tains about 27 per cent interest in the lands and the remaining interest has been purchased by Northern Natural Gas Com- pany of Omaha, Neb. Under terms of the agree- ment. Central Leduc Oils Inc. is operator for the group. Plan- ning is now under way for an active exploration program over the lands. Police said today Miss Chung was standing on the bridge with seven other adults and two chil- dren when a large tree riding down the river under the stress of flood waters hit a bridge sup- port and sent the middle sec- tion plunging into the water. Miss Chung's body has not been recovered. HANGS ON Bob Wharton, a trucker with the department of highways, also fell, hut managed to hang onto a support and climb from danger. The rest of the group moved to safety before the col- lapse. The Freeman River is re- ported rising at about an inch an hour, but residents of the area are not in any immediate danger, police say. The col- lapse of the bridge did not iso- late any homes because there is another route into the area 85 miles northwest of Edmon- ton. Canada land of paradoxes LONDON1 (CP) Canada in the 1970s is a land of many paradoxes, The Financial Times says in a 10- page survey of the country. It suggests that one lies in the fact that Canada has a French-Canadian prime minister while unity be- tween Quebec and the remainder of Canada seems "as elusive as ever.'' needs huge investment to recreate the expansion necessary throughout this decade but seldom has the public anxiety about increasing foreign invest- ment been so pronounced." -Despite earlier claims that Canada needed more people, an enormous growth in the labor force had "pushed unemployment to distressingly high levels. -By the end ot the decade, "there will be 25 million Canadians behaving mare or less as other large in- dustrialized populations behave living in the cities, creating rubbish, demanding more and more services nnd an ever-higher standard of living." -Canada has so far escaped the worst of the United KUiles' evils sticli as explosive crime rates and "im- spcnk'nblo" cities, but the country's planners would havo heavy responsibility to continue to avoid Uxsn. U.S. telephone workers set to strike WASHINGTON (API Half a million U.S. telephone work- ers are cet to strike Wednesday morning, adding to problems from a six-week-old nationwide telesn-aph shutdown. If the worst happens, the com- bination of labor troubles coul'd cause a monumental snarl of U.S. communications. No progress was reported in pattern-setting talks in New York and Washington between the Bo'l System and tli" AFL- CTO Communications Workers of America. Moroccan plotters shot today RABAT (AP) Ten surviv- ing ringleaders in the attempt to overthrow King Hassan H of Morocco were executed today by firing squads in a Rabat army barracks. A government communique said they all shouted. "Long live the 'King" jusl before the volleys were fired. Moroccan sources had said that some of the doomed mili- tary officers were shot at dawn on Monday, but the informants which had told The Associated Press of executions on Monday now say they were in error. The government said all 10 went to their deaths at a.m. today. Hit by train Ottawa handles spills OTTAWA (CP) Transport Minister Don Jamieson today made public an interim federal plan to cope with oil and other spills in waters under its juris- diction as well as backup sup- port for provincial plans to con- trol such pollution. The Canadian government will assume full responsibility for spills in the Canadian Arc- tic, in waters of the east and west coasts under federal con- trol, and in international waters Canadian interests are affected. In the Great Lakes region, where Ottawa shares jurisdic- tion, "the Canadian government will respond to major spills in co-operation with Ontario and U.S. governments." Mr. Jamieson announced the federal interim plan at the same time as he made public the final official report of an in- quiry into the grounding of the tanker Arrow in Chedabucto Bay, N.S. Recommendations of this in- quiry, headed by Gordon L. S. Hart of Halifax, were similar to ones made earner by P. D. McTaggart-Cowan who reported on cleanup operations at Cheda. CO-ORDINATE ACTION On-the-scene co-ordinators have been appointed for the Arctic, the east and west coasts and the Great Lakes. They are to determine the seriousness of any spill and can call for help from a headquarters group lo- cated in Ottawa. As recopimended by both re- ports, oil recovery equipment and supplies now are deployed in all four areas. Coast guard vessels and crews have been assigned spe- cial responsibilities for cleanup operations and other federal de- partment vessels, including naval ships, are available in an emergency. Specially-built oil-recovery vessels have been built and are becoming available on both coasts and on the Great Lakes. Tons of peat moss for soaking up oil now are stockpiled across the country and helicopters from both the transport and de- fence departments are available also for transportation of men and materials. In addition, the transport de- partment is earmarking special- ly-equipped coast guard vessels, one on each coast and on the Great Lakes, as command and control vessels to deal with Mr.' Jamieson noted that the Arrow experience was an ex- pensive lesson but he was confi- dent that actions now taken by the federal government would minimize the possibility of a re- peat on such a grand scale. MONTREAL (CP) Air Can- ada mechanics and baggage handlers staged 24-hour walk- outs, scheduled to end tonight, in four Canadian cities, forcing cancellation of a number of do- mestic flights Monday night and today. Passengers have been re- quested to double-check reser- vations. Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, represent- ing Air Canada employees, booked off Monday night for union meetings to vote on rotat- ing strike action. Negotiations for a new con- tract broke down Friday. The union says job security duetto technological change is a major issue. Air Canada says its pack- age settlement offer is as good as the one the union accepted from CP Air recently. OFFER REJECTED In Vancouver, 500 employees rejected the company's offer made Friday and supported ro- tating strikes. Results of similar votes in Montreal, Toronto and Winnipeg were expected later today. The 24-hour study sessions are to end this evening, but it was not known when or where rotat- ing strikes might begin. In Montreal, 14 of 29 flights scheduled between midnight and noon today were cancelled. Passengers were asked to travel on later flights to the same des- tinations. The normal day shift of 178 customer service personnel did not report for work in Montreal but 153 supervisory and man- agement personnel took over their jobs. The maintenance base remained all but empty as union members usually sta- tioned there stayed off the job. STRANDED At Toronto, about pas- sengers were stranded today as only 10 Air Canada aircraft took off from Toronto International Airport. Other airlines reported long lineups and sell-outs. Air Canada officials said most of tlhe 320 North American and 22 international flights across Canada were cancelled. A union official said about 30 of Air Can- ada's 113-plane fleet would have to be grounded if the walkout did not end. CANCEL 30 FLIGHTS Only five Air Canada flights left from Toronto International Airport Monday night. More than 30 other flights had to be cancelled as hundreds of pas- sengers lined up at wickets seeking alternative transporta- tion. The five flights that left, bound for Los Angeles, London, England, Vancouver, Frankfurt and Brussels, were serviced by supervisory personnel, many of whom came from ticket and sales offices. No less revenue for provinces OTTAWA (CP) A two-day federal-provincial finance minis- ters conference ended today with Finance Minister E. J. Benson agreeing to consider a further guarantee that the prov- inces will not lose money under his new tax revision plan. He opened the conference Monday with a guarantee that the provinces will receive no less revenue in 1972, 1973 and 1974 under the revised tax plan than they would receive if cur- rent tax law was continued. Some of the ticularly this was not enough. Manitoba's fi- nance minister, Saul Cherniack, said his province might lose million in five years. Mr. Benson agreed today to consider extending his guaran- tee for a five-year period, in- stead of a three-year period. But he didn't hold out any great hope. He said he could not see the real object of such a guar- antee. Guarantee or not, he said ear- lier, the provinces will be free to set their own tax rates. He told them again today that if they want more money, they should raise their rates. It was a good principle for the govern- ment that spends money to bear the responsibiliiy of taxing for MEET IN FALL AGAIN The finance ministers agreed to meet again this fall before Prime Minister Trudeau con- venes a meeting of provincial premiers to discuss the general economic situation. They put off until then any further discussion of ways to trim the mounting expenses of shared-cost welfare programs. In the meantime, Mr. Benson promised to extend the current system of equalization grants for five years from their expiry next March 31. Under the equalization grants, Ottawa pays seven provinces more than million a year to help them bring their public services up to the national aver- age. The three richest provinces Alberta and British the shot. Asked whether the big three objected to continuing the equal- ization grants, Mr. Benson told reporters "there were com- but all agreed to the value of the plan. The seven so-called have-not provinces which benefit from equalization wanted a wider base for claiming benefits, in- cluding their weaker revenues from school and municipal taxes. Mr. Benson said the equaliza- tion grants are being continued with some technical amend- ments. An official sand the tech- nical changes will make it eas- ier to adjust grants to the have- not provinces more quickly on the basis of their prosperity or depression. The federal finance minister also propped a two-year exten- sion of federal aid to post-sec- ondary school education on sub- stantially its present basis. This will give the federal govern- ment more time to work out a plan to limit cost increases with provincial help. Bruce may be axed in new peace move STONEY PLAIN (CP> Elizabeth Paul, 19, of Duffield, was killed here when struck hy a CNR train, just west of Ed- monton. The RCMP said Miss Paul and three companions were waiting for the train to pass when the accident occurred. Knife-carrying robber shot HALIFAX (CP) A city po- liceman shot and killed an as- sailant early today after police arrived at the scene of an at- tempted robbery of a downtown store. Police Chief G. 0. Robinson said tiro unidentified man was shot after twice refusing to put down a knife. Kuwait sizzles KUWAIT (AP) Sixty pf cent of Kuwait's people have fled the desert city-state because of daily temperatures around 115 degrees. Seen and heard About town II "FASCINATED If that's the word, Brent Rempcl refusing to wash his pants after sitting in the saddle of a horse owned by rodeo queen Jean Marsh Leslie Jones trying to find "a whole mess of one cent stamps" to match the whole mess of six cent stamps she'd purchased be- fore the new seven-cent postal rates went into effect misty-eyed John and Susan Bcnton reminiscing over a 1930-vintage late movie on television: they're only five years old. SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) Sources at the Western White House said today "there has been some discussion" about the possible resignation of David K. E. Bruce as chief United States peace negotiator in Paris. But they safd: "There's been by no means a final decision." If the veteran diplomat should resign, Nixon administration sources reported, his likely re- placement would be William Porter, U.S. ambassador to South Korea. The disclosure came as Dr. Henry A. Kissinger, Nixon's chief adviser on national secu- rity affairs, flew here for a morning meeting with the presi- dent concerning his world trip associated closely with a new Viet Cong peace proposal. Kissinger conferred with Bruce in Paris Sunday. Kissinger's trip took on poten- tially added significance when the Viet Cong advanced x sev- en-point blueprint for _ ending American involvement in Viet- nam. MORE TO PLAN Since they made their pro- posal in Paris July 1, Commun- ist negotiators and their leaders in Hanoi have said there is more to their plan than a prom- ise to release American prison- ers if the United States set a DAVID BRUCE on way out withdrawal date by the end of the year. The newest development ca- me in reports the North Viet- namese would accept an inde- pendent, neutral government in Saigon. Previous U.S. rejections of proposed political settlements have been concentred on fears a coalition government would mean a Communist takeover, and a neutralist government would be imposed against the will of the people. Consumer price inflation slows just a hoax? VANCOUVER (CP) Sea search for 14 members of a Russian freighter reported to have sunk Monday night cased up today amid mounting reports that the whole incident was a hoax. The sinking was reported to have occurcd in Pryce Channel off Toba Islet about 100 miles 1o the northwest of Vancouver between the mainland coast and Vancouver Island. OTTAWA (CP) Inflation in consumer prices slowed down significantly last month. It cost in June to buy what bought in increase of only three cents. The May increase reported a month ago was five cents, and in April, for the same consumer goods and services, prices were up nine cents. The figures are based on what would buy in consumer goods and services in 1961. There now appears to bo hope for improvement in July and August. Because ot seasonal bargains in many fresh fmils n n d vegetables, the consumer price index frequenUy drops at this time of year. In index terms, consumer prices rose three-tenths of an index point to an even 133 last month, reflecting scattered but. small increases virtually across (he board. The index based on 1961 prices equalling 100, was 132.7 in May and 129.9 in June last year. While food prices rose fractionally last month, they re- mained below the level of a year earlier. The housing component of tno over-all index rose only two- tenths of an index point or one- tenlh of an index point or two- tftntte of one per cent, Tjogcthn: these components make up nearly 60 per cent of the over- all index. LIQUOR UP While less significant in the total index, liquor prices rose sufficiently to send the alcohol index up six-tenths of an index point. Combined with no mea- siirable change in tobacco prices, this brought the tobacco and alcohol index up four-tenths of an index point. Some declines were measured In the recreation and reading component of the over-all index. DBS said lower prices were recorded for radios and portable television sets, Icadinc to n twc-teoUB drop- The recreation and reading index accounts for only five per cent of the over-all index, and the tobacco and alcohol index to six per cent. Among various commodities, there was a drop in some gaso- line prices last month, after an increase in gas and oil prices the previous month. Higher prices were reported for foot- wear, and various household supply and toiletry items. The indexes are based on a monthly survey of the prices and cosls of more than 300 con- sumer goods and services figur- ing prominently in the spending habits of urban low- to middle- incomt lamilta. 'How romn pnlhition- rorisriniis yonlh hava the lomlcsl und dirliett ;